A hole has opened in a Wokingham town centre road days after sewage was spotted in the same location.
The unpleasant find had been reported to Thames Water on Friday, October 2 and contractors Laines For Drains attended to the fault in Elms Road, which runs between Elms Field, on the same day.
The workers cleaned the area up and cleared a blockage which was causing the problem and mended the manhole cover.
However, since the work was completed on Wednesday, October 7, the road surface has collapsed leaving a hole in the road.
A Thames Water spokesperson told The Wokingham Paper that staff had been back to the site to assess the situation by running a CCTV camera down the sewer to carry out a survey. At that time they could not immediately see a problem with the sewer line.
In its report, Laines noted: “There is very heavy flow in the line. There is a blockage that was causing overflow.”
The CCTV footage was forwarded to a Thames Water technician who is investigating the cause. However, with the road collapsed, the water company has conducted a health and safety assessment to ensure the road is left in a safe condition.
Since our original photographs were taken on Friday, the area has been fenced off awaiting the remedial works to take place.